Kittu Unnadu Jagratha: The dog has its day

Kittu Unnadu Jagratha scores big on laughs, timely twists

March 04, 2017 08:16 am | Updated 08:16 am IST

Enough surprisesRaj Tarun and Anu Emmanuel in a scene from Kittu Unnadu Jagratha .

Enough surprisesRaj Tarun and Anu Emmanuel in a scene from Kittu Unnadu Jagratha .

It’s a sign board in front of a lavish mansion that reads ‘Kukkalunnai Jagratha’ that transforms into ‘Kittu Unnadu Jagratha’ as the title card appears. Director N. Vamsi Krishna doesn’t waste much time in introducing Krishna Murthy a.k.a Kittu as a dognapper who makes the most out of owners’ weakness for their canines. What makes the group turn kidnappers of dogs from being co-owners of a car service centre forms the plot of this action comedy. The film scores mostly in its lighter moments, thanks largely to the energetic on-screen camaraderie that Raj Tarun, Praveen and his friends share. Despite an oft-told plot, the film is high on praasa and barely runs out of steam.

However, it is not free of a misogynistic dose. On the lines of ‘Love Cheyyala Vadda’ from Kumari 21f , Raj Tarun (who plays Kittu) grooves to a song that explains why a man is better off without a woman. In the crisp romance, the couple Kittu and Jaanu (enacted by Anu Emmanuel) meets at a life-threatening situation. Her friend Snigdha’s responses to Kittu’s persistent attempts to impress Jaanu are a riot. What keeps the film’s entertainment quotient alive are the lively characters. Like Prudhvi Raj who has night-blindness, Raghu Babu who plays Nimasi baba has Vennela Kishore as a disciple, while Praveen rips apart anyone who insults the godman. The filmmaker connects them to the plot smartly.

The film progresses towards the crime-element in the second hour. A cop misfires, a phone call goes to a wrong person and confusion ensues, all because of a dog-kidnap sequence. Like his earlier film Dongaata , Vamsi Krishna times his twists well to keep the viewer guessing. Even in his characterisation of Arbaaz Khan’s part ‘AR’, he doesn’t make him a caricature. Kittu always remains the underdog and AR is a step ahead throughout. Interspersing suspense, thriller, romance and action, the director is in control.

The film goes quite far in undermining cops and income tax officials. It’s surprising how a mere ID card lets Kittu enter an income tax office. Raja Ravindra plays an SI who fires more punchlines than bullets. Raj Tarun continues to play a wastrel to his advantage, but it’s time he went beyond his East-Godavari yaasa . Anu Emmanuel presents her best on-screen charisma. Kittu Unnadu Jagratha doesn’t defy norms, but packages enough surprises to keep you entertained.

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